The Fourth Trimester: A Doula’s Survival Guide

Betsy Weber aka The Lake Bluff Doula has been working as a doula since 2009. She is sharing her essential guide to postpartum recovery and self-care for new moms. The biggest surprise for me, in pregnancy, was the lack of dignity. Exams, shots in the bum, vomiting in public, incontinence, and enduring every stranger’s opinion [...]

By |2019-10-16T14:25:11-07:00October 16th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

How to look for the best learning toys for toddlers

By the time your child has become a toddler, they have already learned so much! They can stand, walk, and use their hands, and they are expressing their independence and thinking in new ways. They have spent the first year of their life doing the hard work of transitioning from baby to toddler, and now [...]

By |2019-10-15T13:54:16-07:00October 15th, 2019|Blog, Montessori Tips|0 Comments

Newborn toys: When can babies really play?

Whether this is your first, second, or even fifth baby, there is nothing like those moments spent gazing into your newborn’s eyes, touching their tiny toes, or kissing their warm heads. You will spend countless hours holding, soothing, feeding, and changing your newborn. And when you are not taking care of them, they will probably [...]

By |2019-10-10T10:59:41-07:00October 10th, 2019|Blog, Montessori Tips|0 Comments

6 reasons Montessorians love wooden toys

If you walk into a Montessori classroom, you’ll notice that most of the materials are wooden. Similarly, almost all of the toys designed for babies and toddlers in a Montessori home environment are wooden. There are many reasons for this—developmental, aesthetic, environmental, and health-related, among others. This Push Balls set is part of the [...]

By |2019-10-08T14:34:11-07:00October 8th, 2019|Blog, Montessori Tips|0 Comments

7 Pumpkin Activities for Toddlers

Halloween is an exciting time for children: pumpkin decorations, the beginning of fall, the drama of costumes, the adventure of trick-or-treating, and the sweetness of candy. For the littlest children, however, it can also get a bit overwhelming. For some children, costumes can be confusing and scary and Halloween candy can be very stimulating! What [...]

By |2019-09-27T16:08:49-07:00September 27th, 2019|Blog, Montessori Tips|0 Comments

4 Ways to Support Bilingual Language From Birth

There are many wonderful reasons a child may have the opportunity to grow up in a bilingual environment. Knowing two languages is a beautiful gift for anyone! A young child’s absorbent mind makes it the ideal time to benefit from exposure to multiple languages. A little one will take languages on seemingly without effort and [...]

By |2019-09-25T12:11:07-07:00September 25th, 2019|Blog, Montessori Tips|0 Comments

The Essential Guide to Montessori Mobiles

Mobiles for infants are popular nursery decorations, but did you know they provide more than aesthetically pleasing adornments for a baby's room? A Montessori approach to nurturing a newborn's development recommends mobiles for specific reasons! Read on to learn more about Montessori mobiles. Here's an introduction to four mobiles that enable parents to provide developmentally [...]

By |2019-09-24T13:43:37-07:00September 24th, 2019|Blog, Montessori Tips|0 Comments

A Note From Our Founder: September Edition

Dear Monti Kids Families, September is all about ‘back to school’ for big kids, so I wanted to share some best practices for how we can give our little ones the best start to their education. Research shows 85% of the brain is formed by age three and brain development is cumulative. High-quality infant toddler [...]

By |2019-09-19T11:33:23-07:00September 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

How to use the Montessori method with infants

At first glance, a Montessori baby at play may look like any other baby: happily gnawing on a rattle, putting a ball in a hole, or chasing a rolling toy. But if you look closer and longer, you will see many differences rise to the surface. There is a reason that many Montessori educators call [...]

By |2019-09-18T14:37:07-07:00September 18th, 2019|Blog, Montessori Tips|0 Comments